1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
1 Later on, a famine swept through the land. This famine was different from the previous famine that had occurred earlier, during Abraham's lifetime. So Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.
2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
2 The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about;
2 That's when the LORD appeared to Isaac. "You are not to go down to Egypt," he said. "Instead, you are to settle down in an area within this land where I'll tell you.
2 The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I will tell you.
3 Sojourn in this land and (E)I will be with you and (F)bless you, for (G)to you and to your (b)descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish (H)the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
3 stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you.(C) For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring,(D) and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.(E)
3 Remain in this land, and I'll be with and bless you by giving all these lands to you and to your descendants in fulfillment of my solemn promise that I made to your father Abraham.
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
4 I'll cause you to have as many descendants as the stars of the heavens, and I'll certainly give all these lands to your descendants. Later on, through your descendants all the nations of the earth will bless one another.
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
5 I'm going to do this because Abraham did what I told him to do. He kept my instructions, commands, statutes, and laws."
5 because Abraham listened to and obeyed My voice and [consistently] kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “(L)She is my sister,” for he was (M)afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking, “(i)the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is (N)beautiful.”
7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,”(H) for he was afraid to say “my wife,” thinking,(I) “The men of the place will kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is a beautiful woman.”(J)
7 Later on, the men of that place asked about his wife, so he replied, "She's my sister," because he was afraid to call her "my wife." He kept thinking, ""otherwise, the men around here will kill me on account of Rebekah, since she's very beautiful."
8 It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.
8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
8 After he had been there awhile, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out through a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘I might die on account of her.’”
9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
9 Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So she is really your wife! How could you say, ‘She is my sister’?”Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might die on account of her.”
9 So Abimelech called Isaac and confronted him. "She is definitely your wife!" he accused him, "So why did you claim, "She's my sister?'" Isaac responded, "Because I had thought ""otherwise, I'll die on account of her.'"
9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “See here, Rebekah is in fact your wife! How did you [dare to] say to me, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I thought I might be killed because of her [desirability].”
10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
10 "What have you done to us?" Abimelech asked. "Any minute now, one of the people could have had sex with your wife and you would have caused all of us to be guilty."
10 Abimelech said, “What is this that you have done to us? One of the men [among our people] might easily have been intimate with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us [before God].”
11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
11 So Abimelech warned all the people with these words: “Whoever harms this man or his wife will certainly die.”
11 So he issued this order to everyone: "Whoever touches this man or his wife is to be executed."
11 Then Abimelech commanded all his people, “Whoever touches this man [Isaac] or his wife [Rebekah] shall without exception be put to death.”
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
12 Isaac received a 100-fold return on what he planted that year in the land he received, because the LORD blessed him.
12 Then Isaac planted [seed] in that land [as a farmer] and reaped in the same year a hundred times [as much as he had planted], and the Lord blessed and favored him.
13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
13 and the man became rich and kept getting richer until he was very wealthy.
13 He became very wealthy and lived a life of wealth, becoming more and more wealthy.
13 And the man [Isaac] became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and extremely distinguished;
14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
14 He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him.
14 He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of him.
14 he owned flocks and herds and a great household [with a number of servants], and the Philistines envied him.
15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
15 They filled in with sand all of the wells that Isaac's father Abraham's servants had dug during his lifetime.
15 Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with dirt.
16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.
16 Then Abimelech ordered Isaac, "Move away from us! You've become more powerful than we are."
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from here, because you are far too powerful for us.”
17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
17 So Isaac left there, camped in the Valley of Gerar, and lived there.
17 So Isaac moved from there and encamped in the Gerar Valley, where he settled.
17 So Isaac left that region and camped in the Valley of Gerar, and settled there.
18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which (q)had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he (r)gave them the same names which his father had (s)given them.
18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
18 Isaac reopened the water wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and that the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. He gave them the same names his father had given them.
18 Isaac re-excavated some wells that his father had first dug during his lifetime, because the Philistines had filled them with sand after Abraham's death. Isaac renamed those wells with the same names that his father had called them.
18 Now Isaac again dug [and reopened] the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, because the Philistines had filled them up [with dirt] after the death of Abraham; and he gave the wells the same names that his father had given them.
19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
19 While Isaac's servants were digging in the valley, they discovered a well with flowing water.
19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing [spring] water,
20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.
20 But the herdsmen who lived in Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen. "The water is ours," they said. As a result, Isaac named the well Esek, for they had fiercely disputed with him about it.
20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours!” So Isaac named the well Esek (quarreling), because they quarreled with him.
21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.
21 When his workers started digging another well, those herdsmen quarreled about that one, too, so Isaac named it Sitnah.
21 Then his servants dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so Isaac named it Sitnah (enmity).
22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it (w)Rehoboth, for he said, “(x)(W)At last the Lord has made (y)room for us, and we will be (X)fruitful in the land.”
22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
22 Then he left that area and dug still another well. Because they did not quarrel over that one, Isaac named it Rehoboth, because he used to say, "The LORD has enlarged the territory for us. We will prosper in the land."
24 The Lord (Z)appeared to him the same night and said,“(AA)I am the God of your father Abraham;(AB)Do not fear, for I am with you.I (AC)will bless you, and multiply your (z)descendants,For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
24 and the Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham.(O) Do not be afraid, for I am with you.(P) I will bless you and multiply your offspring because of My servant Abraham.”
24 where one night the LORD appeared to him. "I am the God of your father Abraham," he told him. "Don't be afraid, because I'm with you. I'm going to bless you and multiply your descendants on account of my servant Abraham."
24 The Lord appeared to him the same night and said,“I am the God of Abraham your father;Do not be afraid, for I am with you.I will bless and favor you, and multiply your descendants,For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.
25 In response, Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. He also pitched his tents there and his servants dug a well.
25 So Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord [in prayer]. He pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
26 Later, Abimelech traveled from Gerar to visit Isaac. He arrived with Ahuzzath, his staff advisor, and Phicol, the commanding officer of his army.
26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, his [close friend and confidential] adviser, and Phicol, the commander of his army.
27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?
27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me? You hated me and sent me away from you.”
27 "Why have you come to see me," Isaac asked them, "since you hate me so much that you sent me away from you?"
27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you [people] come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
28 They replied, “We have clearly seen how the Lord has been with you. We think there should be an oath between two parties—between us and you. Let us make a covenant with you:
28 "We've seen that the LORD is with you," they responded, "so we're proposing an agreement between us between us and you. Allow us to make a treaty with you
28 They said, “We see clearly that the Lord has been with you; so we said, ‘There should now be an oath between us [with a curse for the one who breaks it], that is, between you and us, and let us make a covenant (binding agreement, solemn promise) with you,
29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.
29 by which you'll agree not to do us any harm, just as we haven't harmed you, since we've done nothing but good for you after we sent you away in peace. As a result, you've been tremendously blessed by the LORD."
29 that you will not harm us, just as we have not touched you and have done nothing but good to you and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed and favored of the Lord!’”
30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
30 So he prepared a banquet for them, and they ate and drank.
30 So Isaac held a festival for them, and they ate and drank.
30 Then Isaac held a [formal] banquet (covenant feast) for them, and they ate and drank.
31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
31 They woke up early the next morning and made the treaty. After this, Isaac sent them off and they left on peaceful terms.
31 They got up early in the morning and swore oaths [pledging to do nothing but good to each other]; and Isaac sent them on their way and they left him in peace.
32 Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac’s servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.”
32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.
32 That very same day, Isaac's servants arrived and reported to him about a well that they had just completed digging. "We've found water!" they said.
32 Now on the same day, Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug, saying, “We have found water.”
33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.
33 So Isaac named the well Shebah, which is why the city is named Beer-sheba to this day.
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
34 When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
34 When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite as his wives;
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